In the latest episode, I and guest panelists Jim Smith (program manager of Dignity USA), Mike Moroski (equal rights activist) and Brent Childers (executive director of Faith in America) discuss hopes for a new, reformed pope and how Catholicism plays a role within the LGBT community.
As the last members of the College of Cardinals arrive at the Vatican ahead of their final meeting with the pope on Thursday, the flurry of Vatican news has slowed down, but not stopped. Catch upon the latest Vatican headlines.
The way he got the pontificate illustrates that he is perfectly capable to have engineered a maneuver to ensure that the Catholic Church remains an entrenched conservative institution.
It appears that initially the Obama administration miscalculated the depth and fury of the opposition to this mandate.
All we outside Vatican who cherish our church have to go by are hunches, beliefs, speculation, conjecture and opinions. We can examine the Ratzinger's legacy and theorize, but no one can know why he resigned. The pope is the pope, accountable to no one. Not even God.
I'd like to imagine he took a sweeping look at his career as a priest and prelate, and while not discounting the value of this contributions as an intellectual, took note of the degree to which he permitted the "power" to snuff out so much of the "glory."
As Benedict XVI relinquishes the papacy, much of the non-Catholic world has to admit they have seldom heard him speak directly to them in a language they could understand. Consider then, in the final days of this pope, a short compilation if his more trenchant statements.
If I were pope / I'd proclaim the end of my infallibility / and banish the word sin from the doctrines of faith.
Benedict has appointed a majority of the cardinals who will elect his successor, and the vast majority of bishops around the world were named by either Benedict or his equally anti-gay predecessor. Popes tend to appoint prelates who share their views.
No man of our time resembles Saint Stephen more than Stephen Colbert, a staunch Roman Catholic with a devoted following of young people deeply inspired by his eloquent advocacy of strictly conservative values and Christian faith.
Secrecy --a Church specialty -- has always reigned inside even its most hallowed institutions, but it cannot continue to do so. In the case of Catholic schools, the Church should first publish their so-called "master plan" for all to see, down to how they intend to spend every last nickel.
Louis DeThomasis is willing to speak out against what he describes as an increasingly inflexible hierarchy, unwilling to bend or even discuss such issues as the droves of young people fleeing the Catholic Church, the difficult questions surrounding sex abuse scandals and ordaining women.
Through his comments it is clear that the Pope has likely never met a committed same-sex couple.
When the issue of marriage equality is raised, one of the most common objections raised is that it will violate religious liberty. What is not being shared is that much of the public's support for LGBT people actually comes from within the Roman Catholic Church.
Nobody gets to say who is and who is not Catholic. Not the priests, not the bishops and not the pope. One is a Catholic after baptism. Period.